Help me help my friend bring the mirth back.
March 15, 2011 1:38 PM   Subscribe

Help me make a very sad friend laugh herself silly.

A friend of mine is going through some difficult times and has asked me to find her some web content that will 'make her laugh until she passes out, wets herself, or both.' This isn't a generic request, because I know what has made her laugh tears of joy in the past: Damn You, Autocorrect and Cake Wrecks. I also know she thought Regretsy was just OK, but it never sent her into laugh spasms. So with those three data points in mind, what new ultra-hilarity can I send her way?
posted by yellowcandy to Computers & Internet (48 answers total) 149 users marked this as a favorite
The Baseball Card Hall of Fame (by our very own cortex!) is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Unfortunately, he seems to have stopped updating it.
I've cried myself to sleep every night for the last two weeks. OK, not really, but still.
posted by phunniemee at 1:43 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I am going to recommend Hyperbole and a Half.

I saw a link to one of the posts and I just cracked up laughing. I am usually one of those people who just smile along with funny things, but this had me in tears it was so funny. I recommend starting with the older stuff and reading forward.
posted by CathyG at 1:47 PM on March 15, 2011 [35 favorites]

Best answer: Not quite like the others, but I find Married to the Sea always makes me giggle, sometimes to tears. It's a bit random, and when I'm depressed it always pulls me out of whatever funk I'm in.

More in line with the ones you listed - Failbook and There, I fixed it.

Is she a lolcat person? I was going to link to Hyperbole, but I see Cathy beat me to it.
posted by routergirl at 1:49 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: How does she feel about cats? The first time I saw this video of a cat eating sour cream, I absolutely cracked up, and then watched it again and again, laughing the entire time. I now have it bookmarked for whenever I need a quick pick-me-up.
posted by alynnk at 1:55 PM on March 15, 2011 [9 favorites]

Lamebook and Texts From Last Night are pretty solid time wasters, and have pretty deep archives.
posted by auto-correct at 1:56 PM on March 15, 2011

Fiber One Bars make me Fart. I think it's funny even if you haven't eaten those rotten bars. The comments just go on and on and on.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:56 PM on March 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

Has she seen Not Always Right?
posted by jacquilynne at 1:56 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

I have recently lost my shit entirely reading Fuck Yeah Dementia.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 1:57 PM on March 15, 2011 [3 favorites]

The most consistently funny and witty movie I've ever seen is "Support your local Sheriff". It has the cast of all casts, beginning with James Garner. Also Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, Henry Jones, Bruce Dern, and every one of them at the top of their game.

Dern and Garner worked VERY well together, I might mention.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 2:05 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I've gotten hours of fun from the Lovelylistings. It's a website dedicated to questionable real estate sales photos.
posted by Ys at 2:06 PM on March 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

posted by brainwane at 2:11 PM on March 15, 2011

If she frequents cooking/recipe blogs, this recipe (but especially the comment thread) at Serious Eats is very, very, very funny. There's also a Cook's Illustrated parody of the same recipe.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:17 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Maybe AwkwardFamilyPhotos?
posted by ootandaboot at 2:25 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: > I've gotten hours of fun from the Lovelylistings

If I can be so gauche... here's a working link.

Mild Amusements has been amusing me lately. It isn't always funny stuff, but there's so much there your friend could scroll and scroll...
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:38 PM on March 15, 2011

Given your examples, it sounds like she likes silly humor that isn't mean. (The writer for Regretsy is a little too cruel for my taste, something she seems weirdly defensive about as well -- I can't enjoy that site, as hilarious as the pictures are.) So I'm backing up the suggestions for Hyperbole and a Half, Awkward Family Photos, and There, I Fixed It. All of those sites make me laugh until I cry and they're never mean-spirited about their subjects.
posted by Toothless Willy at 2:45 PM on March 15, 2011

Personally, the two following youtube videos, Danny Boy as sung by the Muppets and Mahnamahna also by the Muppets have given me great pleasure over the years.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:46 PM on March 15, 2011

The following videos got me and my roommates through finals freshman and sophomore year:

Baby Panda Sneezing

Dramatic Tarsier

Baby sloth climbing around

El Mamut
(though I suppose this could be a little dark)
posted by ChuraChura at 2:55 PM on March 15, 2011

Best answer: Specifically, the Function4Sports exchange, the Simon's pie charts bit, and Missing Missy. But it's all good, and it's one of those sites where you can get sucked into reading every single thing on it.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 3:06 PM on March 15, 2011 [3 favorites]

Best answer: MARU! (cat video. there are more. just search for maru.)
posted by endless_forms at 3:10 PM on March 15, 2011 [3 favorites]

A sad friend of mine uses When Parents Text to cheer herself up daily. Especially potent for those with lovably overbearing moms and dads.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:15 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

How does she feel about cute animals? Because the Corgi Flop video always sends me into giggles!
posted by radioamy at 4:11 PM on March 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

Postcards from Yo Momma.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 4:21 PM on March 15, 2011

Catalog Living (and its new counterpart Magazine Living) make me fall apart with laughter in the same way as DYAC, Cake Wrecks, Spamusement, Hyperbole and a Half, and When Parents Text.

Also: Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing.
posted by Judith Butlerian Jihad at 4:29 PM on March 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

If she likes cute kids, there's always the laughing baby, evil eye baby and the paper tearing kid (short | long).
posted by clerestory at 4:34 PM on March 15, 2011

Somewhat macabre, often funny, there's Perry Bible Fellowship.
posted by samsara at 6:23 PM on March 15, 2011

I'm a fan of The Oatmeal and The Muppets' Stand by Me.

27b/6 can be pretty funny. Also, seconding Hyperbole and a Half.
posted by bunderful at 7:15 PM on March 15, 2011

Hyperbole and a Half is can't-breathe-from-laughing funny.

I also like Simon's Cat.
posted by freshwater at 7:27 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

I love Maru. I also love Hyperbole and a Half. This video of corgis is and it's like 6 seconds long so if you need to watch it 10x in a row to cheer up, you've only spent a minute of your life watching corgis.

Is your friend a parent? She might enjoy STFU Parents but maybe not. Tweeting Too Hard is also solid.
posted by kat518 at 7:47 PM on March 15, 2011

And Failbook!
posted by kat518 at 7:47 PM on March 15, 2011

Many or some parts of James Lileks' Institute of Official Cheer might... cheer... her up!
posted by Mael Oui at 8:07 PM on March 15, 2011

Honey Badger don't give a shit. via metafilter
posted by BlooPen at 8:20 PM on March 15, 2011

Someone asked a similiar question and I checked out the jazzman's suggestion: dontevenreply.
The first time I've laughed out loud in a while... and I laughed about 30 times and even bought the book.
posted by KogeLiz at 9:03 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: This video of a girl laughing at herself in a distorted camera made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair. I play it on grumpy days and it never fails.
posted by mochapickle at 11:28 PM on March 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

The guy sitting in the middle in this video has a very contagious laugh. Always cheers me up a bit when I'm blue.
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:36 AM on March 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Two words: Benny Lava.

Two words: Double Rainbow. Just in case she missed out on a classic...

Also, any video OF people laughing, especially if they have funny laughs. Laughter is contagious!

Hope your friend is laughing again soon :)
posted by Thinkmontgolfier at 4:59 AM on March 16, 2011

Mullet Junky
posted by Trivia Newton John at 5:34 AM on March 16, 2011

definitely 27b/6. I want to be David Thorne when I grow up.
posted by namewithoutwords at 5:40 AM on March 16, 2011

Shit Ass Pet Fuckers. Five of them around every Starbucks, all facing each other.
posted by flabdablet at 8:23 AM on March 16, 2011

I'm biased because I have one - but one of the few reasons I keep her around is that whenever she runs, I nearly bust a gut. Here: Basset Hounds Running
posted by peagood at 10:07 AM on March 16, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks, and please keep them coming if you've got more suggestions, everyone.

I'll be sharing this thread with my friend this week and letting *her* choose the best answers.
posted by yellowcandy at 10:52 AM on March 16, 2011

Best answer: My Mom Is a FOB
My Dad Is a FOB
posted by availablelight at 12:07 PM on March 16, 2011

Best answer: I have never laughed harder than the first time I saw Fensler Film's remixes of the PSAs they used to run at the end of GI Joe episodes.

In a similar vein, here is He-Man singing Four Non-Blondes.

Baby Baboon (an even more addictive song from the "Badger Badger Badger" guy).

Toothpaste for Dinner is a pretty funny webcomic.

Cute Overload.

nthing 27b/6, The Oatmeal, and Hyperbole and a Half.
posted by ixohoxi at 1:25 PM on March 16, 2011

Another extremely funny move is "Young Frankenstein". Gene Wilder has never been better, and Marty Feldman steals every scene he's in.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:28 PM on March 16, 2011

Just in case you are still looking, you can search for Just for laughs gags on youtube. I did the equivalent of 100 sit ups with laughing watching them!

they have hilarious japanese jokes on youtube, too!
posted by Tarumba at 8:42 AM on March 18, 2011

posted by ixohoxi at 9:26 AM on March 18, 2011

I have recently discovered Regular Ordinary Swedish Mealtime.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:45 PM on March 22, 2011

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